|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
trial, he turns round again, and loses this world and the next-that is
an obvious loss. He calls, besides God, on what can neither harm him
nor profit him;-that is a wide error.
He calls on him whose harm is nigher than his profit,-a bad lord and
a bad comrade.
Verily, God makes those who believe and do aright enter into gardens
beneath which rivers flow; verily, God does what He will.
He who thinks that God will never help him in this world or the
next-let him stretch a cord to the roof and put an end to himself; and
let him cut it and see if his stratagem will remove what he is enraged
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Crito by Plato:
anticipated at the beginning by the dream of Socrates and the parody of
Homer. The personification of the Laws, and of their brethren the Laws in
the world below, is one of the noblest and boldest figures of speech which
occur in Plato.
Translated by Benjamin Jowett
PERSONS OF THE DIALOGUE: Socrates, Crito.
SCENE: The Prison of Socrates.
SOCRATES: Why have you come at this hour, Crito? it must be quite early.